Dr. David A. Slaughter

Cosmetic Dentist in Austin, TX

Dr. Slaughter has been passionate about dentistry for a long time, in part due to much dental and orthodontic work as a child. Since graduating dental school, Dr. Slaughter has been dedicated to providing the highest quality dentistry available. In a typical year he will take over 100 hours of continuing education. The focus is on restorative dentistry, occlusion, functional esthetics, and temporomandibular disorders. Dr. Slaughter believes in utilizing all specialties in dentistry and works with the finest specialists in central Texas. Interdisciplinary care provides patients with the highest quality and longest lasting dental treatment. Being a member of the faculty club at Spear Education and a study club leader in Austin allows Dr. Slaughter to stay at the forefront of modern dental materials and techniques.


  • B.A. Biology WTSU 1997
  • DDS UTDB 2001
  • School Representative AADS
  • Co-Chair New Dentist Committee 2003-05
  • New Dentist of the Year 2004
  • Advanced Implant training with Nobel Biocare
  • Completion of CORE curriculum
  • Advanced studies in occlusion and restorative dentistry at both the Kois Center in Seattle and Spear Education in Scottsdale
  • Named as top dentist in Texas 5 consecutive years
  • Chairman of peer review committee
  • Named by Consumer Research Council as one of Americas Best Dentists 7 years


Dr. Slaughter lives in GeorgeTown with his wife Kim. She is an optometrist in NorthWest Austin and also helps with administrative duties in our office. They have 2 very spoiled Golden Retrievers to occupy their free time.

In dentistry, it’s important to have a team full of friendly, helpful people. In fact, that should be a given. But in our practice, we go a step further. Over the years, we’ve worked hard to build and develop a dynamic team of self-motivated, confident, competent professionals who are experts not only in technical skills, but in people skills as well. In fact, from the time you first call our office, you’ll find yourself being treated with a rare level of kindness, respect, and concern. We look forward to getting to know you!

Amanda Thomas, Financial Coordinator/Registered Dental Assistant

Amanda is originally from Little Rock, AR, she moved to Austin in 2006 and joined Dr. Slaughter and his team where she has been ever since. Amanda has been in dentistry for 19 years. She is married to Kolby and together they have 3 children. Amanda has 2 dogs–Reece and Boone that she loves very much. She also recently adopted 3 kittens–Chester, Star, and Jessy…she is smitten with her kittens. Amanda loves spending time outside and enjoys taking care of her garden. She is a big fan of longhorn football.

Tara Cleven, Administrative Assistant/Registered Dental Assistant

Tara is from Las Vegas, NV and moved to Austin in 2008. She has been working in dentistry since 2009 and joined Dr. Slaughter’s team in 2018. She loves living in Austin and enjoying live music. She enjoys being outdoors, hiking, and doing yoga. Tara is happiest when spending time with her family and taking care of her growing veggie garden.

LexAnne High, Registered Dental Hygienist

LexAnne is a dental hygienist and has been with the practice since 1996. She graduated from Lamar Dental Hygiene school in 1982. She has three amazing children, her son Travis, and twin daughters Shawna and Alexis. Travis is a Baylor University graduate, Shawna is a student at UTSA, and Alexis is a student at A&M. In her spare time, LexAnne enjoys being active outside, going to the gym, spending time with friends and family, and hanging out with her dog Leia.

Shayla Licata, Registered Dental Assistant

Shayla has been in dentistry since 1990 and joined our team in 2000. She likes improving people’s smiles and confidence with dentistry. Shayla enjoys putting each patient at ease and making them feel at home in our office. Shayla and her husband Rodney are the proud parents of Adam and Vincent.

Ellie Hall, Registered Dental Hygienist

Ellie has been with our practice since 1980. She grew up in the small town of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and graduated dental hygiene school from West Liberty State College in West Virginia 1974. Ellie then worked in Columbus, Ohio five years before moving to Texas. Ellie has two sons and loves to spend time with her family & friends, traveling, doing yoga and staying physically fit.

Brenda White, Registered Dental Hygienist

Brenda graduated from the dental hygiene program at Pierce College in Lakewood Washington in 2005. She has worked at Dr. Slaughter’s office since 2016. In 2015, Brenda, her husband and their 3 children relocated from Washington state to Texas. She enjoys being involved with her kids’ schools and their extracurricular activities. She also loves to cook and bake, work in her yard, travel, walk her dog Dixie, and most of all spend time with her family.

Betty and Bob

Betty is a golden retriever born in Elgin, Texas on December 8, 2014. She moved to Georgetown, Texas in September 2015 to live with her new family, the Slaughters. Betty achieved her Basic Obedience certificate from Triple Crown Dog Academy in December 2015. She subsequently obtained her Intermediate Obedience certificate.

Betty’s biggest love is her brother, Bob. Her second biggest love is food. She particularly loves blueberries, apples, carrots, and croutons. She also enjoys traveling, especially staying in hotels! She is happy to go on any new adventures as long as it doesn’t require too much physical activity. One of her favorite pastimes is hanging out with her family on restaurant or brewery patios. She loves receiving attention from anyone who will pet her while out in public. Betty is a good swimmer and her favorite toys are Nylabones.

Betty is a sweet and nurturing dog who is very sensitive to human emotions. Betty loves going to work at the dental office every day where she is surrounded by some of the people she loves most! She can be found along with Bob on Instagram as @adventuresofbobandbetty.

Bob is a golden retriever born in Elgin, Texas on August 28, 2010. He obtained his Basic Obedience Certificate in January 2012 and his Intermediate Obedience in May 2012 from Triple Crown Dog Academy. He then went on to pass the Canine Good Citizen test on July 1, 2012. With much hard work and determination, Bob became a certified therapy dog through Therapy Dogs International in the summer of 2012.

In his spare time, Bob enjoys swimming, playing fetch, and spending time with his parents and sister, Betty. Betty is Bob’s very best friend and the two are inseparable. Bob is always ready for adventure and is a good traveler and hiker. He loves going with his parents and Betty to any public place where there are other people such as Home Depot or the Domain. He is content to lay on any restaurant or brewery patio and people watch.

Bob’s calm demeanor and friendly disposition make him especially well suited to work as a therapy dog. He loves getting attention and will happily return hugs and affection. He frequently hears “I love you” from people of all ages that he’s just met! Bob is quite the special dog that has brought much joy to his family, friends, and numerous strangers!

Bob can be found on Facebook as “Bob Slaughter” and on Instagram as @adventuresofbobandbetty.